Matthew 4: 3-11 “and the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 but he answered, it is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “ If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, He will command his angels concerning you, and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God and him only shall you serve.’”11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
I believe there is a purpose of mentioning of Jesus’ temptations. Jesus was tempted in three ways.
- Temptation for food: Satan falsely prompted Jesus to use his power to feed himself. But Jesus won over Satan’s cunning ideas. For Jesus, his power is for others, for the mankind. He never used for himself. Today we need to follow him by using our power and resources for others.
- Temptation for name: In second temptation, Satan asks Jesus to throw himself down from the pinnacle of the temple so that Jesus may get a name for himself. Even today, satan prompts us to get name for ourselves. Jesus won over that temptation. But we fall many a times. We do lot of things in order to get appreciation and recognition. In contrast to that, we need to bring all the glory to God alone.
- Temptation for wealth: in third and final temptation, Jesus was asked to worship Satan so that He may get the whole world. This refers to accumulation wealth by worshipping that which should not worshipped. Today many people get power and positions through wrong means.
In these three temptations, Satan provoked Jesus saying ‘if you are Son of God.’ He never proved himself as Son of God by using His power for a show. Jesus won over all above temptations with the power of God’s word. Just like Him, we need to choke those temptations with regard to food, fame and wealth. Don’t be afraid to face temptations. The Lord who overcame all the temptations will surely help us to come through temptations victoriously if we seek His help.